Ryan downplays intra-party tension

AP News
Posted: Mar 06, 2014 10:51 AM

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Congressman Paul Ryan says GOP leaders and conservative activists should "give each other the benefit of the doubt" in the debate over the party's future.

The Republican congressman was his party's 2012 vice presidential nominee. He's calling intra-party disagreements, quote, "creative tension." He says Republican divisions have been over tactics instead of principles or policies.

Ryan was speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. He's among a host of potential presidential candidates at the annual three-day gathering of tea party supporters and conservative activists.

He says Republicans across the political spectrum are beginning to unify behind a modern conservative agenda. Like other speakers Thursday, he endorsed more school choice, an improved social safety net, and alternatives to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.